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Online Sensations Of 2012 That Made Us Cry From Laughter, Smile From Joy

It’s a good year when a video of the leader of the free world singing Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” is uploaded to YouTube. President Obama’s very good Al Green attempt wasn’t the only video that had us clicking. Strange things happen when cell phones with video recorders meet the Internet. And this is why we’re most thankful to the almighty YouTube gods.

It’s been one hell of a year for online sensations. Going viral isn’t a prerequisite to making our list of the year’s best online videos. It’s not about the number of Internet scavengers who viewed a whacky video (although it’s a pretty good indicator of how great a phenomena it is). Whatever made us laugh until our bellies ached, smile so hard while thinking, ‘How cuuuute!’ or made us hit the replay button more than once, it made the list. From Jay-Z explaining who he was to an elderly woman on the subway to a grandma dancing to Tyga‘s “Rack City,” we loved it all.

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Friday Face-Off: Mariah Carey vs. *NSync

‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, when all through VH1 everyone in the office was starting to hum. Beats By Dre buds were hung in ears with care in hopes a good Xmas tune soon would play there. PA’s tapped their toes all snug in their chairs, while visions of *NSync danced in their heads. And our editor with his iPad, and I mine too, listen on repeat to “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” So show us your preference, no matter your taste. Vote Mariah or *NSync to win first place! Now go, read our arguments for each cheery chart-topper while I go hang some mistletoe around the office.

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L.A. Reid Chucks The Deuces To X Factor To Refocus Energy On Running Epic Records

Sure L.A. Reid may not be the huge celebrity draw for The X Factor like his co-judges Britney Spears, Simon Cowell or Demi Lovato, but his ear for talent is as seasoned as they come. L.A. Reid is known for his hand in leading music’s biggest acts–Mariah Carey, TLC, P!nk, Toni Braxton–to platinum success. His gift to spot a star the way a tiger smells its preys will be missed on the third season of The X Factor. Read more…

by (@fdot415)

Adam Lambert Teaches Us How To Dance In Our VH1 DIVAS GIF Wall

We’re only two days out from the biggest dance party in VH1 Divas history! Now I like to think I can rock hips, sway and sip with the best of them, but don’t worry if you’re not as confident. Our host Adam Lambert was kind enough to lead a tutorial for a simple but fierce head snap move you can use in a pinch. Need more tips? Check out our GIF wall of past Divas performers’ dancing for inspiration before you watch the show live this Sunday, December 16. The red carpet live stream kicks off right here at 8PM/7C.

Dancing divas GIF wall after the jump.

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Mariah Carey’s Kid Instrument “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Tops Our 5 Favorite Off-Beat Holiday Videos

Huh. We’ve been pondering Mariah Carey‘s elementary school instruments version of “All I Want For Christmas” from last night’s Fallon for a couple hours now and we are still a little unsure how we feel. Don’t get us wrong; obviously, it’s adorable. It’s just not very Mariah.

The fact that the American Idol judge allowed herself to be shot with anything other than a telescope covering in Vaseline is surprising enough, but the fact Carey just ran in instead of descending in a sleigh… well, it’s all very interesting. Makes you think. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time we’d enjoyed a slightly head-scratchy holiday video:

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Mariah Carey And Jimmy Fallon Perform The Cutest “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Ever

Jimmy Fallon‘s “Music Room” jams are quickly becoming one of our favorite late-night franchises. Over the summer, Fallon and his house-band, The Roots, helped Carly Rae Jepsen perform “Call Me Maybe” with only kindergarten classroom instruments, to a totally charming effect; and just last month, they did it again with Christina Aguilera‘s “Your Body” and a bunch of office supplies. The schtick is good, and last night it got better when Fallon and company welcomed Mariah Carey and her adorable children’s choir for what has to be the cutest rendition of Mimi’s modern classic “All I Want For Christmas is You” ever performed.

The only way we can imagine this being more festive is if they somehow had found a way to work a “Rudolph” break-down into it. Darkman, you busy?

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Forever Merry, Mariah Carey Rings In The Holiday Season At Rockefeller Center With “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

The lights, the trees, all the other Christmas songs — nothing gets me feeling festive quite like Mariah Carey‘s modern classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” a song I enjoy all year round and with particular joy this time of the year. And so Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you all have probably been brimming with holiday joy for almost a week now, but I am only just now beginning because I needed this to happen before I could begin on my festivities:

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25 Reasons You Should Be Watching Spike Lee’s ‘Bad 25′ This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, we all have something to be thankful for. Just as you’re waking up from your post-meal nap to snag some second-plate leftovers from the fridge, Spike Lee’s Bad 25 will hit ABC’s airwaves to make it’s nationally televised debut at 9:30/8:30c. Chronicaling Michael Jackson’s 45-million-copies-sold second album and corresponding tour, I can say with full conviction that the documentary is not to be missed. Trust me, I saw it twice. For those who may not be MJ fans or perhaps need some convincing, I present you with a list of 25 Reasons You Should Be Watching Spike Lee’s Bad 25. Not completely spoiler-free, however, I urge all the purists out there to tread lightly with this list if you’d prefer to see the film without advance info!

  • 1. Mariah Carey makes an LOL-worthy joke about being a fuss-causing diva when she threatens to scold Clive Davis.
  • 2. The film summons nostalgia for an era when music was successfully flourishing and record sales were at their peak. Ah, those were the days.
  • 3. Viewers receive a non-verbal explanation of the infamous “Smooth Criminal” dance-lean.
  • 4. Martin Scorsese watches his old footage and breaks down the making of the “Bad” video short film.
  • 5. Quincy Jones’ wacky 80s sweater during an interview. You’ll see what I mean.

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by (@Lacezilla)

Cheer Up Drake(s): Can A Simple Playlist Cure Your Cuffing Season Woes?

Once again, fall transitions into winter, and once again you’re in the house looking at your ex’s Facebook page. Not that you wouldn’t look at your ex’s Facebook page during other seasons, but it’s cold(er) and you’re more apt to have aimless web browsing nights where you just happen to end up there. Not your fault!

Friendly reminder, all you Drakes out there: being miserable is a choice, and if you want to take steps to cultivate some holiday cheer, you can start right now. In a baptism-by-fire sort of way, let’s begin by getting the remaining sad ickiness out of your system, and go full-throttle into the carefully crafted playlist below, shall we?

Weepy sonic therapy ahead…